Falls Festival has boxfuls of fun
A LONG time ago, at a music festival far, far away, a bunch of people got together and created some wicked costumes, artefacts and vehicles with cardboard, only to destroy them in a 20-minute epic battle for supremacy and honour.
You can mix your love for craft and your desire for destruction in one fantastic day at Falls Festival Byron Bay.
Boxwars will bring to Falls a very specific battle: a prehistoric retelling of what happened to our cavedwelling ancestors in The Box Before Time.
And if you are a vegan, member of the Greens, all-composting, kombuchadrinking Byron Shire dweller, fear not, Boxwars is the demolition derby for the woke millenial.
It uses recycled and recyled-grade cardboard, the low-fibre-count box board that is on its sixth or seventh processing. And all material will be recycled post-gig.
Boxwars will be held within La Henge, the arts precinct announced for the music festival that will be curated by Andrew “Amac” Mcdonald.
Mcdonald is a Byron Bay local who has staged more than 150 projects and exhibitions with 500-plus artists across the country.
Since 2016, he has also been gallerist at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay.
Also, for the first time, Howl & Moan Records will curate its own stage featuring exclusively locally grown, emerging punk and alternative rock bands.
Howl & Moan Records owner Mario Salvatore Fraietta has fostered the grassroots Northern Rivers band scene, supporting emerging artists across a wide variety of genres.
At Falls Festival Byron Bay, December 31 to January 2. Visit fallsfestival.com for the full program.
— Javier Encalada
FALLS IS COMING: Melbourne-based collective Boxwars designs and constructs huge set pieces and costumes using only recycled cardboard, tape and glue.